At the age of 22, Sushree has become the youngest person to crack the notorious civil services exam. The girl has been inundated with phone calls ever since she achieved the feat. The results were announced on Friday, and the family has been naturally celebratory.
Serving the nation is in the family’s blood. PT Sunil Kumar, her father, was part of the Special Protection Group, between 2004 and 2010. The SPG had the responsibility to provide security to the Prime Minister of India, including the former PM, and his immediate family. Her father happened to be on his security team.
Sunil Kumar had worked in several challenging CRPF assignments and hung up his boots to help his daughter achieve her dream of becoming a civil servant. As a child, Sushree was impressed by the senior IAS officers who came to meet former PM Dr Manmohan Singh. She was mentored by N Ramachandran, former DGP of Assam and Meghalaya. The CRPF sent out a congratulatory tweet, for Sushree, and wished her a bright future.
It is hence little wonder that Sushree considers the former PM as her idol. She studied hard for the UPSC exam and managed to clear it in her first attempt, securing the 151st rank.
She credits Dr Manmohan Singh for motivating her and mentions an anecdote from her childhood when she interacted with the former PM. She had expressed her dream to become a civil servant, and received Singh’s blessings, which motivated her immensely.
That motivation has paid off, and she has become the youngest person to crack the UPSC civil services exam this year.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)